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From the Forum – Sanitation Issues

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Sanitation Issues at Lucky Corner Store (5433 Georgia Avenue NW):

I wanted to get your feedback on the sanitation and loitering issues behind the Lucky Corner Store that have become an eyesore and public health problem. As anyone who has driven by the corner of Illinois Ave. NW and Kennedy knows, the lot behind the Lucky Corner Store has become a dumping ground for the homeless, as well as the business that lease the property. It reeks of urine. The two dumpsters on the lot consistenly overflow with rotting trash and are left uncovered (a hazared in and of itself). The surrounding area is covered with litter and household debris. And the grass, what little there is, is uncut.

I have contacted DC 311 about this issue, and hopefully they will be able to address it in the short-term. However, I have no doubt that the problem will return in no time. Are there other agencies that have jurisdiction over this issue that I should consider contacting? For example, the DC Alcholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Do they have jurisdiction over these types of issues since the Lucky Corner Store is a liquor store?

What strategies have others employed to permanently clean up similar situations in their neighborhoods? Any guidance would be helpful.

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